KAIMRC Research Highlight

Delivering safer and more effective chemotherapy via nanoparticle drug carriers

Porous magnetic nanoparticles could carry cancer drugs directly into tumours while avoiding damage to healthy cells

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Cancer Research highlights

KAIMRC Innovations highlights the most exciting research taking place at the different research centers in KAIMRC. The research highlights are informative articles that cover breakthrough research and are accessible to the wider science community and a general audience interested in science. With regular weekly updates, this is the place to keep up with the best clinical and medical research happening at KAIMRC and around the world.

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Tiny carriers to fast-track cancer vaccine delivery

December 13, 2021

Smaller, smarter cancer vaccines

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Room for improvement in lung cancer treatment

December 6, 2021

A large multinational study reveals the diversity in treatment practices and outcomes in stage III non-small-cell lung cancer patients in low- and middle-income countries.

International Research Highlight
How melanoma manipulates its way to metastasis

September 16, 2021

A growth factor secreted by melanoma cells makes the immune system ignore metastasis

International Research Highlight
AI-supported decision-making improves skin cancer diagnosis

May 5, 2021

Researchers showcase a framework for image-based AI systems to assist doctors deliver more accurate diagnoses.

International Research Highlight
Reducing the STING of cancer therapy

February 18, 2021

Packaging cancer therapy within injectable microcubes mitigates the need for multiple invasive treatments

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Proteins provide an early warning of bladder cancer

January 13, 2021

Blood-based protein test could help with diagnosis and treatment

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Improved delivery of cancer drugs

December 16, 2020

Nanoparticles made of two materials improve the safety of a common cancer drug

International Research Highlight
Gut microbe transplant treats graft versus host disease

December 2, 2020

Faecal bacteria from healthy donors can save the lives of blood stem cell transplant recipients

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A close look at leukaemia in Saudi Arabia

August 26, 2020

Saudi researchers examine records of leukaemia cases in the kingdom over the past 15 years.

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Placenta stem cells can be trained to better fight cancers

July 29, 2020

Stem cells that usually protect the human foetus could be pre-conditioned to enhance their abilities to combat tumours.

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Microparticles pack a big punch

June 28, 2020

Saudi researchers have developed tiny iron oxide particles that can carry multiple drugs deep into the core of tumours 

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Stem-cell boost to immune cells could help quell cancer

June 15, 2020

Stimulating immune cells with placental stem cells could enhance the body’s natural anti-cancer activity

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A new booster for Hodgkin lymphoma patients

March 18, 2020

Adding a known antibody-drug conjugate to a standard chemotherapy regimen may help overcome drug resistance, new research shows. 

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Stem cells marshal troops against cancer

October 13, 2019

A recently identified population of adult stem cells generates signals that could spur immunity against tumour cells

Slightly raised risk of rare childhood cancers in IVF babies

October 8, 2019

Largest cohort study to date shows marginally increased cancer risk among IVF babies, but researchers say overall numbers very low

International Research Highlight
Revealing the missing heritability of colorectal cancer

July 21, 2019

Diagnosis of colorectal cancer may improve following the discovery of two gene mutations.

International Research Highlight
Colorectal cancer: Overweight young people at risk

June 9, 2019

Being overweight before the age of 30 may increase the chances of developing colon cancer later in life. 

International Research Highlight
Uncovering the drivers of primary tumour growth

May 26, 2019

Key proteins could contribute to much earlier cancer progression than previously thought. 

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Exercise helps cancer patients lead happier lives

February 10, 2019

One of the first quality-of-life studies into Saudi cancer sufferers shows exercise and family support help.

International Research Highlight
A personalized prescription for cancer treatment

February 9, 2019

'Mini organ' technique provides insight into the molecular basis of bowel cancer, and hope for future treatment.

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Timing treatment perfectly

February 8, 2019

Understanding how leukaemia affects the body’s circadian clock may unlock ways to treat the disease.

International Research Highlight
Tumours activate neurons to trigger appetite loss

February 7, 2019

Blocking a population of neurons in the brain could help treat anorexia and weight loss caused by cancer.

International Research Highlight
Zeroing in on risk factors for pancreatic cancer

January 20, 2019

Large gene databases help researchers discern lifestyle traits that cause pancreatic cancer. 

International Research Highlight
Nanomedicine: A two-headed force against lung cancer

January 16, 2019

Nanocarriers that can transport precise doses of two drugs may prove effective against lung tumours. 

International Research Highlight
Gene mutations linked to spread of colorectal cancer

July 10, 2017

Test could identify colorectal cancer patients with most to gain from chemotherapy.

International Research Highlight
Widening the net

June 9, 2017

A novel strategy seeks therapeutic targets in cancers by examining the genes retained in their genomes.

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The Saudi approach to curing childhood leukaemia

April 25, 2017

The survival rate for paediatric acute myeloid leukaemia in Saudi Arabia is nowequal to that of developed nations thanks to a risk–response strategy.

International Research Highlight
Powerful tool invented to probe entire human proteome

January 4, 2017

The technology could give the search for new drugs, especially for cancer and terminal diseases, a significant boost.

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An anti-cancer molecule with a back-up plan

January 4, 2017

Anti-cancer agent kills cells in two different ways, offering an effective avenue for treatment.

International Research Highlight
Targeting cancer through the skin

January 1, 2017

More medicines could soon be delivered through the skin by cargo-carrying peptides.

International Research Highlight
Chinese herbal remedies yield anti-cancer drug leads

December 20, 2016

A shortlist of Chinese medicinal plants containing the most anti-cancer compounds could yield new drugs for patients.

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Go Mediterranean for cancer protection

December 10, 2016

A Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by half in Italy.

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Shedding new light on cancer cell death

December 9, 2016

Insight into the antibody-driven death of lymphoma cells may lead to anti-cancer treatments with enhanced efficacy and selectivity.

International Research Highlight
Shedding light on tumours

December 6, 2016

A contrast agent, containing nanoparticles that are sensitive to acidity, lights up solid tumours on magnetic resonance imaging scans.

International Research Highlight
Honing in on thyroid cancer

December 3, 2016

A closer look at gene expression in papillary thyroid cancer opens new opportunities for its detection.

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An attractive and abundant stem cell alternative

November 20, 2016

Stem cells derived from the maternal side of the human placenta may find unique therapeutic applications given their special properties.

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Gene defects reduce leukaemia survival

November 14, 2016

Genetic variations can explain poorer survival rates in Pakistani children from a prevalent type of leukaemia.

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Oral cancer in the Arab World

August 14, 2016

Qat and tobacco chewing have been linked to a higher incidence of oral cancer in Yemen, Sudan and southern Saudi Arabia than in other Arab countries.

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New anticancer molecule promises improved therapy

August 14, 2016

Chemotherapy without side effects, or the risk of relapse, could soon be possible.

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Genetic variants alter breast cancer risk

August 14, 2016

Genetic variants of the DNA repair protein RAD51 are associated with differential risks of breast cancer in Saudi women.

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A biomarker for colorectal cancer

August 14, 2016

A mutated tumour suppressor gene could provide a useful marker for the diagnosis and prognosis of bowel cancer.

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New chemotherapy promising for breast cancer

August 14, 2016

A trial for a new chemotherapy treatment has shown promising results for locally advanced breast cancer.

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A safer route to a cure

August 14, 2016

Clinical data suggests many adolescent Hodgkin lymphoma patients can achieve full recovery with a less toxic course of therapy.

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How long do we treat the critically ill?

August 10, 2016

Researchers are developing objective measures to determine whether critically ill cancer patients can benefit from intensive care.

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Molecular tool detects early-stage breast cancer

August 10, 2016

A cheap, simple test shows potential for reducing uncertainty in the diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer.